Percutaneous Mitral Valve Clip Placement

In mitral valve clip placement, a catheter (thin, flexible tube) is used to deliver a small clip into the heart via the femoral vein. Once in place, the clip is attached to the leaflets ("swinging doors") of the mitral valve to improve their function, and the catheter is removed. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, the recovery time is substantially shorter than with open-heart surgery, the traditional method for treating mitral valve leaks.